School of Business and Leadership

Thinking economically

"Studying economics is for those who find the world incredibly interesting and want to understand patterns in human behavior. It starts with the three basic principles: what to make, how to make it, and who to make it for. This concept affects everything from business and finances to health care and politics. What we’re really studying are the contributing factors to the human condition and how we affect each other and the environment around us."

Favorite course: labor economics

"Labor economics is fascinating, because so much of our lives revolve around where we can find work. Our jobs determine where we live and our quality of life. One of the big topics we discuss is immigration and influences like war and disease that force people to relocate.

We offer service learning experiences during this course at Refugees Helping Refugees where students get a chance to witness what forced migration looks like. It gives them more exposure to the world so they can see how humans impact other humans. The goal is for students to acquire empathy for the experiences of others.

I also teach courses about the environment and natural resources and the economics of health care."

Shaping the program to the student

"We get to know our students, and we can help identify and guide them towards their goals. Economics pairs well with other majors like marketing, accounting, and others — depending on the career a student plans to pursue. Many students decide to take advantage of double majors, because we make them aware of these great options.

Each program is complemented by our internship program through Nazareth’s Center for Life’s Work, which is one of our real strengths as a college. We’ve had students go everywhere from Bank of America to the Center for Governmental Research, to the CIA. We work with our students to find placements that will be the most applicable to the career they plan to pursue."

Relating to Student Challenges

"I was the first one in my family on both sides who completed a four-year degree (never mind a Ph.D.)." Read DaBoll-Lavoie's advice to first-generation college students >

joseph daboll-lavoie

Why I teach economics

"I tease students with the fact that history has referred to economics as the dismal science. The reason is we examine the ways humans negatively impact each other’s lives, often through greed. But I want my students to become knowledgeable, engaged citizens who care about society and the environment. I want them to use economics to create solutions and positively impact people and the planet."

favorite quote

 “Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all.” — John Maynard Keynes


Students in DaBoll-Lavoie's labor economics course coordinated the creation of a computer lab at a non-profit agency, using equipment donated by Nazareth.